The high cut-offs in BCom courses (99% to 100%) in some of the Delhi University colleges is leading many students from Delhi to seek admissions in Panjab University (PU) colleges in Chandigarh.
In fact, the current academic year at Panjab University has recorded an increasing number of applications from Delhi for BCom and economic courses.
According to AK Vashisht, coordinator of BCom admissions at PU, the university has received more than 9000 applications. This is six times more applications for admissions than the seats available this year.
He says, “Apart from applications from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, we have received a large number of applications from Delhi. As compared to last year, this year, the number of applications from Delhi has increased significantly.”
The first cut-off for the BCom course at PU is 96% and the admissions have started from July 5. The second cut-off list of PU will be announced on July 11. If required, the university will come out with a third cut-off list too.
According to JM Khurana, dean students’ welfare of Delhi University, this is mainly because not many students could avail of much option in DU colleges due to high cut-offs.
He says, “The cut-offs announced by DU colleges were too high. As a result, not every student could get a seat. Though there were seats available in several colleges for these courses till the third cut-off list, every student aspires to get into the branded colleges. Since those colleges had already closed their admissions for BCom and economic courses, students are trying for colleges in Chandigarh, preferably Panjab University, as it is better than Rotak and Kurukshetra Universities.”
However, Ranbir Chander Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University, is insistent that it’s not the high cutoffs posed by DU that has resulted in more students applying to PU. According to him, it is the academic ambience of PU that attracts students from Delhi and all over India. DU’s high cut-offs could be just one of the many reasons for Delhi students to come and study here, he feels.
For Delhi students, PU is the preferred university because it is closer to DU. Ayush Sinha, a student seeking admission says, “My priority was always DU. But since my percentage (92%) is not good enough for a good college in DU, I have now applied to PU as well as other colleges for a BCom course.”